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Core40 Lover & Professional Model: Carrie Lagree

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

Core40 Pilates has changed my life! Not only do I take the workout, but I’ve taught it too. The genius creator, Sebastian Lagree, has the sweetest, most gorgeous wife, Carrie. So, today Carrie [ who also happens to be a model ] is spilling all her tips & tricks when it comes to staying fit. Her bod is rockin’…which is exactly why I LOVE this exercise— it lengths & leans, rather than adding bulk. Just look at her!!

Quick, lil side note: Core40 has offered to give all TSC readers two classes for free at the Solana Beach, California studio. Simply create a profile at one of the studios, go to online store, & click “2 Classes for $30 ( SD locals ), & add the item + the promo code [ SKINNYFREE ].

Ok, ok, here’s the deets on the lovely Carrie:

+ Introduce yourself:

Carrie Lagree: My name is Carrie Lagree. I’m a model/housewife living in Sherman Oaks, California. I live with my husband, Sebastien Lagree, who is the creator of Lagree Fitness ( aka the exercise Core40 provides ), & our four dogs- B.B., Belle, Benji & Brutus. I’m originally from Texas, but I moved to California in 2003.

+ Tell us alllll about your weekly workout sch.

CL: My weekly workout schedule is always different depending on how busy I am. I try to do my husband’s workout twice a week & I also do yoga one to two times a week. The rest of the exercise I get is from walking my dogs and chasing after them! LOL! I also love to go swimming, rollerskating, & hiking. I love working out with friends.

+ Let’s talk BodyRoK; I’m obsessed- I love teaching it AND taking it. What’s your opinion?

CL: Lagree Fitness/BodyRoK is an amazing workout!! You do all kinds of crazy intense exercises on the machine while working parts of your body you would never be able to get to at the gym. I always feel so much better about myself after I do it…and I’m always sore the next day [ the good kind of sore : ) ].

+ Favie BodyRoK move? 

CL: My favorite move is called ‘the bungee kick'; I’m all about working the butt!

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

+ Natural beauty product you swear by? 

CL: I love using organic coconut oil- it’s great to condition your hair & skin!! Every once in a while when I am laying out in the sun I will put it on.

+ Quick skinny tip?

CL: I am not a diet person; diets have never worked for me. I try to walk to do most of my errands- I walk to the grocery store, to the dry cleaners, to Starbucks, etc…If you have dog, take your dog for a long walk, they’ll love it and you’ll feel skinnier after!

I don’t deprive myself from any food- if I’m out to dinner and after my meal I want dessert, but I know I have a shoot the next morning, I’ll order dessert & just let myself have a taste of it so I am satisfied. I can bring the rest home or my husband will usually eat it :-). This seems to works best, because if I deprive myself from something I really want, I’ll just end up going back later & eating twice as much as I would have in the first place.

I also think it’s better to eat five to six small meals instead of three big meals a day. I try to keep almonds or protein bars in my car if I know I am going to be gone/driving around all day.

+ Healthy snack choice?

CL: My favorite healthy snack is fruit, but my new thing is kale chips. My girlfriend came over one day & put a bunch of kale on a cookie sheet, then she topped it off with a little olive oil & seasoning salt and put it in the oven for about ten minutes. When she took them out, they were amazing!! Tasted so good & kale is really good for you. I’ve been making them ever since.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

+ Fav cocktail?

CL: Champagne! But I love wine, cocktails, & sometimes- shots! You only live once ;).

+ One word to describe Core40 Pilates:

CL: AMAZING!!!

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

My Favorite Workout: Core40 Pilates

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

Can I say that I die over this workout? Die= I love.love.love. & also meaning it’s incredibly hard…in all the right ways. For the past couple of months, at least four times a week, I’ve been attending classes at Core40. I’m addicted {!!!}.

Why? It’s high intensity, high energy Proformer Pilates with uplifting music [ they also offer an insane spin class too ]. After forty minutes, I leave the studio feeling strong, motivated, & dripping in sweat. The workout is all about creating that long & lean muscle. I’m also teaching it now- so come see me? Ok, ok, here’s all the deets:

+ Describe the new & improved BodyROK.

Core40: We’re so excited about our new brand- Core40 Studios! When we first opened in Solana Beach as Sculpt over three years ago, we offered only the incredible sculpting benefits of SPX Pilates [ aka Lagree Fitness]. With the addition of our indoor cycle program about a year ago, the studios have evolved into such a unique concept with the sculpt, the cycle, & the motivating vibe, that it was time to bring it all under this exciting new brand. Another new development is our partnership with the amazing surf photographer, Aaron Chang, whose photographs are now gracing our walls. Who doesn’t want to gaze into beautiful ocean art while getting an amazing workout?! We are the same studio, same body sculpting workouts, same incredible community– just a new name and a sleeker look! :)

+ How many classes per week does it take to see results?

C40: Three to four times a week is the best bet. Since it’s a form of strength training we recommend taking every other day to give the muscles a chance to recover, but you can always take a cycle/spin class in between to mix it up!

+ Which parts of the body transform the quickest?

C40: Abs & buns! The machine allows you to do exercises focused on the abs & obliques that really sculpt them- fast! And we have so many awesome moves for lifting and toning the buns: even lunges done on the Proformer do the trick for the backside more so than with any other method.

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

+ Best part of teaching at Core40?

C40: Watching people transform is definitely one of the best parts of the job. We see people of all ages [ 20’s to late 60’s ] slim down, tone up, & become stronger- it’s incredible. All of the sudden we notice their arms looking more defined, waists whittling, & buns lifting- everything that we work out for!

Another plus: time efficiency. You work out for forty to fifty minutes a day & see results in about three to four WEEKS. Can’t beat that!

+ What makes this workout stand out?

C40: Our method is based on slow movements & isometric holds while keeping the heart rate up throughout the whole class. If you do things at a slower pace, it digs in to the slow twitch fibers that build the long lean muscle that we all dream about. And the isometric holds send the muscles in to that exhaustion state- all you can take is forty minutes of this class. And…it’s so fun!

+ Describe Core40 in one sentence.

C40: #bestworkoutever.

++ For examples of the Core40 workout, click here. Also check out TSC feature on one of Core40’s fabulous teachers, Kim Kelly, here.

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

+ Pictured: Ashley Pelton & Whitney Sibley.

Love, Lauryn Evarts

My Workout Group’s Fitness Tips + Day 2 Cleanse Update

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Sara Montazami, Lauryn Evarts, and Briana Reading

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Sara Montazami, Lauryn Evarts, and Briana Reading

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Sara Montazami, Lauryn Evarts, and Briana Reading

Since we’re doing the cleanse together, I found it fitting to interview my favorite girls who I workout with on the reg. Above you’ll see Sara [ her cute blog is found here ] was featured on Vecko’s magazine cover- I’m so proud of her! As for the cleanse: day 2 is so much easier than day 1- I feel incredibly energized. My neon workout top can be found here, the Nike shoes here & sunglasses here.

So…let’s talk everything healthy:

+ Secret skinny tip:

Bri: flavor my water…usually with lemons from my parent’s tree but any fresh fruit works!

Elena: when I want to feel skinny fast, I up my circuit training to four times a week, cut out carbs past 4 pm, & get rid of alcohol.

Sara: start in the morning! Once I start off my day with a healthy lean breakfast & get a workout in, then I usually want to make sure I keep it going throughout the day.

+ Best workout ever?

B: beach workouts with our group! Not only does the fresh air and ocean view encourage me, but it’s always motivating to be around a fit and happy group of people! When you have a workout buddy [ or 4 ] it keeps you held accountable because you’re sticking to a routine.

E: I love, love my workout group; we use quick paced curcuit training. This includes leg lifts, dips, frog jumps, push-ups, & various abdominal exercises. To clear my mind, running is my go-to workout.

S: I love working out outdoors with a great group of girls who can motivate each other. I think it is extremely important to change up how you exercise and being outdoors gives you a lot of variety and to top it off, you get tan!

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+ How to look thin immediately…?

B: if I know I have something that I want to look my best for I always dedicate a workout that is a for sure ass-kicker at least once a day, for an hour like a yoga sculpt class at Core Power Yoga. I also try to stick to more of a vegetarian based diet as best I can & drink TONS of naturally flavored H2O!

E: black!

S: go get a spray tan and then wear black.

+ Health snack choice: 

B:  I eat plain yogurt everyday as a snack. I love to add organic honey & cinnamon to it and depending on my day I will dip my apples in it or add some fruit or a bit of granola. Not only do I enjoy the taste, but yogurt is filled with probiotics which is very beneficial to the bod.

E: veggies! They full you up and provide me with energy. Turkey is always a heathy snack too.

S: ahh- I have a few faves! Carrots + hummus, apple slices with natural peanut butter, & fresh berries.

Biggest vice:

B:  coffee…I love the taste & could seriously drink it all day long, it’s a problem!

E: alcohol! Drinking drinking puts weight on fast.

S: having a boyfriend who loves to eat pizza, burgers, & burritos on the daily, haha.

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Lauryn Evarts, Sara Montazami, and Briana Reading with Chris Law

+ Favorite slimming, black cocktail LBD:

B:  I can’t even answer that…especially because I wear too much black, I love to accessorize. But I always think about Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she made the LBD as timeless! So, I always think simple, sexy with a little bit of back and some leg but something that will compliment your favorite part of your body; neck, chest, booty, etc. But again, just choose maybe only one thing to show off- it’s much more chic.

E: love this long, sexy maxi dress.

S: this low-cut tight peplum bandage dress from NastyGal. It cuts perfectly making it look slimmer at the waist.

+ Fave cocktail?

B: white wine.

E: vodka soda, 60 calories. Do not get confused by vodka tonic, that can be up to 150 calories girls! Stick with the simple stuff.

S: my absolute favorite drink is a vodka soda with lime!

+ After workout you feel…

B: complete!

E: after I work out I can feel the endorphins. It’s an after-sex kinda feeling- calming & energizing all at the same time ; ).

S: energized.

+ One word to describe our workout group:

B: comedy!

E: nuts.

S: wow! There are way too many words that describe our group, but if I had to pick one I would say CRAZY.

 

My word? Perverts! ; ). If anyone is interested in the cleanse details my workout group is doing, e-mail me Lauryn@TheSkinnyConfidential.com.

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Lauryn Evarts, Sara Montazami, and Briana Reading with Chris Law

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Lauryn Evarts, Sara Montazami, and Briana Reading with Chris Law

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

Talking Yoga & Green Drinks with Jeanette Pearson from Haute Yoga

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks yoga and skinny tips.

When I practice yoga, I take Jeanette’s class. Not only is she a challenging teacher, she has taught me how to breathe, tighten up my core, & lengthen my body. Here we talk yoga, yoga, & more yoga:

+ Introduce yourself.

My name is Jeanette and I am a life & yoga enthusiast! I began study­ing yoga at the age of seventeen, then became a ded­i­cated prac­ti­tioner of yoga in Santa Cruz, Cal­i­for­nia, where I under­went a teacher’s train­ing process begin­ning in 2004 & received my yoga cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in War­rior Yoga in 2006. In 2011, I under­went a two hundred hour teacher train­ing pro­gram through Yoga­Works under the guid­ance and instruc­tion of Stacy McCarthy & Jes­sica Seabern. Through­out my yoga jour­ney, I have had the oppor­tu­nity to study multi­ple styles of yoga includ­ing Hatha, War­rior, Ash­tanga, Anusara, Iyen­gar, Vinyasa, Syn­ergy, & Bikram in var­i­ous set­tings includ­ing North­ern and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Turkey, & Thai­land. I have had the priv­i­lege of study­ing under and being influ­enced by sev­eral extra­or­di­nary instruc­tors includ­ing Michael Fuku­mura, Rev­erend Tom Kelly, Jes­sica Seabern, Stacy McCarthy, Peri Ness-DeFay, Sen­sei Jeremy Cor­bell, and Sen­sei Kevin Snorf. I am also the Man­ager of the Haute Yoga stu­dio in Solana Beach. She feels hon­ored and blessed to be a part of such an incred­i­ble com­mu­nity of yoga. Check out my website and class schedule here.

+ Best part of yoga?

Attuning to the suttlties of life itself!!! The practice of breaking down the boundaries of the mind & experiencing deep levels of freedom through the breath.

+ How does yoga change your body?

Yoga strengthens, opens & balances the body, promoting the body to function at its optimal capacity!

+ What should you eat before and after yoga?

There are many schools of thought on this. One method is to make sure not to eat within two hours of practice & to maintain a vegetarian diet. This works for many, but NOT for everyone! You do not need to be a vegetarian to do yoga. My recommendation: eat in a way that makes you feel vibrantly alive! Allow food to by your medicine & medicine to be your food.

+ Favorite pre or post yoga smoothie?

YES!!! Water, banana, & spinach is WONDERFUL [ similar to the Yogi Green Smoothie Drink found here ]. You can add rice protein [ Sun Warrior brand, for extra protein if you want go the vegan, raw route ]. One other thing you can use is spirulina protein!

Lauryn Evarts talks with Jeanette Pearson about Haute Yoga and skinny tips and tricks.

 + Effective yoga move you can do from home?

Cat/cow- opens the spine. It promotes healthy funtion in the spinal highway which makes way for healthy posture & open body!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks yoga and skinny tips.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Jeanette Pearson about Haute Yoga and skinny tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Jeanette Pearson about Haute Yoga and skinny tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

Bye-Bye Blubber!

Lauryn Evarts with easy, quick fitness tips that help you lose weight and a beach workout with Chris Law.

[ Arms & abs: elevated push-ups ]

Lauryn Evarts with easy, quick fitness tips that help you lose weight and a beach workout with Chris Law.

[ Arms & back: WLT’s ]

With all of the DIY-at-home-workouts available, there’s absolutely no [ I repeat, no ] excuse not to sweat at least once a day. Our trainer, Chris, constantly reiterates that the most effective way to burn the blubber is to stick to old-fashioned, traditional strength training. Considering each of us has completely toned up since working out with him, my butt & I definitely agree with his perspective. Thanks again to my lovely, beautiful workout friends, Elena & Bri, who [ as always ] demonstrated some of our favorite fitness moves!

Lauryn Evarts with easy, quick fitness tips that help you lose weight and a beach workout with Chris Law.

[ Arms, abs, & legs: burpees ]

Lauryn Evarts with easy, quick fitness tips that help you lose weight and a beach workout with Chris Law.

[ Arms: pull-ups ]

Lauryn Evarts with easy, quick fitness tips that help you lose weight and a beach workout with Chris Law.

[ Legs: stair sprints ]

Lauryn Evarts with easy, quick fitness tips that help you lose weight and a beach workout with Chris Law.
[ Butt & thighs: step-ups ]

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

 

Quick, Easy Workouts [ Beach Optional ]

 

Elevated push-ups: Get into a push-up position, but put your toes on something that is elevated [ a chair works ]. Come down to ninety degrees with the arms and push back up. Keep this out of your neck by holding it at neutral level. Pull your navel into your spine. Pinch your scapula inward. Do 20 reps, 3 sets [ 60 total ].

WLT’s: Hinge from the waist, pulling the abs into the spine. Start with your arms in a “W” shape and press back. All the tension is in your back and arms. Hands are in a fist. Do the same motion with arms in an “L” shape. Lastly, repeat by taking the arms straight out to your sides creating a “T” with your body. This strengthens posture. Do 15 reps of each [ W-L-T ], 3 sets [ 45 total of each W-L-T ].

Burpees: Stand up, drop into a squat with hands on the ground. Take your feet back in one quick motion, coming into the front plank. Come back to a squat position as quickly as you can. Return to an upright standing position & repeat. Do 20 reps, 3 sets [ 60 total ].

Pull-ups:  Grip onto a pole. Pull your body upwards. Take all tension out of your neck and shoulders. Transfer it to the arms. Bend your arms to ninety degrees & then extend down. Do 20 reps, 3 sets [ 60 total ].

Stair sprints: Run up & down stairs as fast as you can. Do this 2 times, 3 sets [ 6 times total ].

Step-ups: Start with stairs & step-up and down switching legs each time. Hands are on the hips. Knees do not come over the toes. This is so simple, yet so effective for butt & thighs! Do 30 reps, 3 sets [ 90 total ].

 

* Photo credit: Chris Law

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